Emily Reay took her first wickets for a senior Great Melton side and was on a hat-trick as Simon Carding’s C Team produced an encouraging bowling performance against Division 4 leaders Old Buckenham B but, in the end, rain curtailed what looked to be a finely balanced match. Experienced Buckenham skipper, John Lund won the toss and elected to bat and openers S.Newbury and Ian Pape played cautiously on a slow pitch but gave their side a good platform with an opening stand of 94. Ryan Howard, on his senior debut, and Simon Carding kept things very tight at the start and only 26 runs were scored off the first 12 overs with Howard’s figures 5-1-15-0. Duncan Greenslade (7-0-29-0) and Chris Brook (4-0-22-0) replaced them but it was Emily Reay’s off spin that produced the breakthrough, having Newbury stumped by Steve Clarke for 40 with the final ball of her 4th over. The first ball of her 5th saw Thompson smartly caught by Connor Stearman for 5 before Stearman bowled Pape for 41.
With the score at 105-3 it brought together Sandford and Lund but there was little time for them to make an impact before a heavy shower sent the players running for cover. An early tea was taken but the rain continued to fall and, with 9.3 overs still to bowl plus a further 45, the captains decided there was not enough time with the Buckenham total 130-3. Ironically by the time the players had changed and packed their kit, the sun was shining!
Emily Reay’s 6 overs brought her 2-28 but Connor Stearman also bowled well to return figures of 6-0-22-1. Simon Carding’s 7.3 overs cost just 11 runs.
Melton C: S.Carding, C.Brook, S.Clarke, D.Greenslade, C.Gristwood, R.Howard, M.Mawby, S.Phoenix, E.Reay, C.Stearman, S.Stuart.